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Jai Jul 25, 2010 7:38 PM

MUMBAI | Palais Royale | 1,050 FT / 320 M | 66 FLOORS
Palais Royale, Mumbai, India

While certainly not the prettiest monster to rise in the booming Mumbai skyline, this corian clad monolith represents a number of 'firsts.' It's the first supertall that started construction in Mumbai (having beaten a number of other towers that got tangled up in bureaucratic approval), its the first residential in India with a LEED Platinum rating, etc.

Due to very tall floor heigths, tower breaks supertall heights being only 66 floors high. With list of amenities for residents approaching the ridiculous, this is definately a rich man's tower.

The most sigificant thing about this tower to the Indian skyscraper afficianado is not its height (though its tall) nor its design (boring as hell), but the fact that it was the proverbial straw that broke the back of Mumbai's infamous red tape babudom. The approval and subsequent high-speed construction of this tower led to more and more supertalls and talls being built in Mumbai.

In the last month and a half alone, Mumbai's Urban Land Ceiling Department has approved over twenty-two supertall skyscrapers (300m+) in Mumbai.

So while this tower stands alone in the rendering, all that open mill land next to it will ensure it won't stick out like a sore thumb for long


Mumbai Residential High-Rise Tower

Upscale residential super high-rise tower (80+ stories tall) in Mumbai (Bombay) India, a city where real estate prices are among the highest in the world. The building, which will offer super luxury apartments with all amenities for residents, is claimed by some to become the tallest building in India when the structure is completed in late 2009. The structural system consists of high strength concrete shear walls, columns, beams and slabs supported by a mat foundation pinned by rock anchors. There will be four to five basement levels, used mostly for parking. Coffman Engineers has been selected by the owners to evaluate and optimize the lateral force resisting system, including the introduction of damping devices, to enhance the performance of the building in earthquakes and in response to wind loading.
Construction pics to follow.


Jai Jul 25, 2010 7:39 PM

Construction Circa 2009:

Copyright Livemint Mumbai

Copyright DixonBaxi

September - copyright Siddharth Vaghela

Jai Jul 25, 2010 7:46 PM

Construction photos from this year

February - copyright Jan @ SSC

Looking down the 200 meter tall atrium in the heart of the top 2/3rd of the tower, which on completion will be the largest atrium in the world-

March 18 - copyright Horia

March 19 - copyright Roland

May 27 - copyright amhrpi @ SSC

June 18, before a monsoon rain - copyright Nalini

June 24 - copyright Vig K (the crane left of center in the pic, behind the Nehru planetarium)

Spud Jul 26, 2010 7:57 AM

Nice shots. I'd love to visit Mumbai one day. It looks like a great city.

HurricaneHugo Jul 26, 2010 8:54 AM

That's one ugly tower...

SkyscrapersOfNewYork Jul 26, 2010 1:59 PM

i think its the ugliest supertall ever

chex Jul 27, 2010 4:53 AM

:previous: i agree! it's so ugly! and massive!

SkyscrapersOfNewYork Jul 27, 2010 5:02 AM


Originally Posted by chex (Post 4926136)
:previous: i agree! it's so ugly! and massive!

ya! whats with the girth of this tower its awkward and unnecessary!

Dylan Leblanc Jul 27, 2010 6:25 AM

Hey great! Jai, thanks for starting a thread for this building. I have now also created a database entry for it -

Canadian_Bacon Jul 27, 2010 9:14 PM

Cool pics... The tower is nothing great, but it's not that terrible. It does look very bland though.

Pizzuti Jul 27, 2010 9:35 PM

I think the design is reminiscent of a lot of supersized Hindu temples in India, which are similarly very massive and monolithic and have ribbed surfaces.

This could be one of those things where an Easterner and a Westerner have totally different opinions on the way this building looks. I would hate to see something like this being built in the U.S., but in Mumbai it fits in and will do fine.

I think it's good that different cultures and cities employ really different architectural styles.

koops65 Jul 28, 2010 10:52 AM

This tower reminds me of a girlfriend I once had. She was tall and fat.

Infernal_Elf Aug 18, 2010 10:59 AM

in the rendenings it kinda looks like its whitish conrete without cladding not exactly a beauty.

hopefully Mumbai will get many more with greater design and cladding so that this one wont be that visible

mannu12 Sep 9, 2010 8:13 AM

Yeah even I hate this tower

borgo100 Sep 10, 2010 2:12 AM

If you've ever watched Aftermath: Population Overload on History channel, i feel this is the kind of tower only to be built once that happens.

kenratboy Sep 10, 2010 3:33 AM

Is this what happens when you ONLY hire engineers?

scalziand Mar 8, 2012 4:25 AM

Video Link

Palais Royale can be seen near the end of this video.

RLS_rls Mar 14, 2012 4:27 AM

Wait...what? The building will be clad in Corian? I've never heard of that before, I thought it was exclusively a countertop material. Does it have properties that make it attractive to high humidity environments?

As for the tower, nothing special that's for sure. Good for Mumbai though, the project is impressive and 22 supertalls (?!?!) is crazy.

scalziand Mar 14, 2012 5:45 AM


Originally Posted by RLS_rls (Post 5626768)
Wait...what? The building will be clad in Corian? I've never heard of that before, I thought it was exclusively a countertop material. Does it have properties that make it attractive to high humidity environments?

I think bathrooms are usually high humidity environments.

Surrealplaces Dec 13, 2012 6:34 PM

Not a fan of this one, since when did they start making commie blocks so tall?

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